As the impacts of the changing climate become increasingly severe, mass media plays an all-important role in driving information and encouraging citizens to take part in resilience building. Through the Balangay Media project, the OML Center aims to engage passionate communicators to steer public discourse on climate change and inspire action.
We’re looking for teams of communicators who will be able to produce objective community-based research and climate change reporting in print, digital, audio, video, or multimedia formats that focus on all dimensions of climate change, its impacts on a Philippine community or vulnerable group, and potential solutions.
Through the Umalohokan Grants, ten (10) participating teams will be awarded a seed grant of PHP 30,000 based on their initial climate change pitches.
Aside from being awarded the seed grants, the ten (10) teams shall participate in the Climate Change Webinar in July 2021, which will provide an introductory overview on the climate issue and bring all actors to a comparable level of proficiency. The teams will also be included in the Climate Media Labs, a specialized training program on the nexus of climate change and communications scheduled in August 2021.
Five (5) teams with the best blitz campaign plans shall be given funding of PHP 70,000, to fully implement their campaign and communications research plans. The team that most creatively and successfully executes their blitz campaigns and research projects on the most relevant climate issue of their community shall ultimately receive a final grant of PHP 150,000. Grantees shall also be a part of our growing network composed of international experts on climate change and media advocacy.
Visit the Balangay Media page on our website for more details and if you’d like to register for the applicants’ orientation scheduled on July 13 (Tuesday), at 10:00 am. All interested participants are welcome to attend this webinar for any questions and clarifications regarding the opportunity.